Ice just out on lakes made for a cold opener

By Bill Bartusek

Cool weather greeted anglers Saturday as they headed out for the 2008 Minnesota walleye opener. That's really not that unusual, as openers are generally pretty cool. The real issue was the cold water and even remnants of ice still left over from last winter. Water, especially up north, was about as cold as it has been over the last 10 years. In many cases, ice had just gone out last week... or just days before anglers hit the lakes.

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